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Introducing content items

To start creating content in your project, you will need what we call a content item. Content items represent individual pieces of content such as a blog post, product update, or a case study. 

Depending on what you're trying to achieve with the content, you would choose an appropriate template to give your content item the right structure. For example, a blog post can have an introduction, main body with some images, related posts, and an author, while the author will have a name, their bio, and a photo. In Kontent, these templates are called content types and they specify how a content item is built and formed in its very essence.

Now, let's see how to create a content item and how you can achieve the most common tasks when writing content.

Table of contents

    Create content

    Before you start creating new content, ask yourself if you need a completely new item, or if you'd rather copy something you already have in your project.

    Create content items

    1. In , click Create new in the upper right corner.
    2. Choose a content type – content type is a template that defines the structure of a content item. Check out what is available and see for yourself which template might be a good fit.
    3. Type a name for the content item.

    And that's it! Your new content item is now created. Each change you make is saved automatically.

    The name you've given to your item serves as the item's identifier in the Kontent UI. And because the content item name is shared across all your item's variants, you can find your item in any language.

    To find the created content items, navigate to the content items list under . To find a specific item, click and search for the item by its name or content. You can also use the filters available to speed up the navigation.

    Creating localized content

    If you're part of an international team and you're creating content in different languages, you might want to look into language variants. Language variants represent different versions of your content for each of the different locations. For example, you might have a single blog post translated to English, Spanish, and French language.

    Duplicate content items

    Sometimes, you might find yourself in a situation when you need a slightly different version of the same content item. Maybe you're A/B testing your landing page and want to change a thing or two to see which version is more appealing to your visitors. Or, you're putting together a new job advertisement for the same job position but in a different local branch.

    1. In , open the item you want to duplicate.
    2. Click More actions in the upper-right corner.
    3. Choose Duplicate.
    4. Choose Including content.

    A duplicate of your content item named “Item_name (copy)” is automatically created in the project. Your new duplicate contains elements, components, and linked content of the original content item. The version history, contributors, comments, and due date don't get copied.

    If you have several language variants of the content item, all of them get duplicated as well.

    Reusing content without duplication

    Duplicating your content is not always the best option as your list of the content items might get easily cluttered by different copies of the same content. Sometimes, all you need to do is to create a linked item that will contain the information you need to share across multiple content items.

    Create content for your website

    When using Web Spotlight, your website's content is organized in the page tree for easy navigation.

    1. In , select a page for which you want to create content.
    2. Switch to the Editor tab.
    3. In Content, specify a content item that should be displayed on this page.
      • If there's no Content, you might need to look for a different name, depending on how your project admins set it up.

    In the following sections, you'll get more familiar with what content items have to offer and how to use them to your benefit.

    To manage your website using Web Spotlight, learn how to add, edit, and preview web pages.

    Get the most out of your content items

    Every content item consists of different types of elements, depending on the item's purpose. For example, you might have a rich text element for the content itself, an asset element for the images, or linked items element for the related blog posts. This also means that you will work a bit differently with each of these elements.

    On top of that, content in content items can be divided into content groups. These groups are shown as separate tabs in your content items allowing you to focus specifically on the content group needed at the moment.

    A screenshot showing content groups and elements in a content item.

    Now let's look a bit closer at how you can leverage some of the most frequently used elements in content items.

    Receive guidance while writing content

    While you're in the process of creating new content, you might notice that some of your elements have guidelines written at the top.  This might come in handy especially in case you get stuck with something.

    And if you're unsure about whether you're meeting the limitations, check the element's lower right corner. For example, you might see the maximum number of characters or the number of images you can upload within the element. If you think the limitations should be set differently, reach out to the administrators of your project and arrange the changes with them. You can see if you meet the limitations by checking the "left to complete" indicator shown on the Details sidebar located on the right.

    A screenshot showing the indicator for incomplete content.

    Add format and structure to your content

    So, you've just created a new content item and want to get started right away. The element you're probably looking for in this case is the rich text element. This element offers you a variety of formatting options by simply selecting a piece of text and choosing one of the options from the toolbar. But the rich text element isn't only about the text itself, as its name might suggest. You can also add links, images, or tables to enrich your content even more by positioning your cursor in the text and clicking .

    Uncover the full potential of the rich text element in our Composing content in the rich text editor tutorial.

    Embedding tweets, videos, or testimonials

    At times, you might want to add something so specific that it only makes sense in the context of a blog post or product description you're currently writing. It could be a tweet, a video, or maybe a testimonial showcasing your brand's value.

    This might be a perfect time to use a component in your rich text to avoid cluttering your content items list.

    Work with media

    To add a new asset to a content item, drag your file onto an asset element. Or click browse to select a file from your hard drive. You can upload anything from pictures to videos, or even documents, such as PDFs.

    An animation of how to choose an asset from the library.

    Kentico Kontent automatically puts the new asset in your project’s asset list as well. You can open the asset list by switching to the Assets tab under .

    To re-use some of the existing assets from your project in your new content item:

    1. Click Pick from Assets.
    2. Choose the assets you want to add.
    3. Click Insert in the bottom right corner.

    To change the order of an asset in an asset element, drag the asset by grabbing the button in its top-left corner.

    Replace assets

    Replacing assets is similar to adding new ones. After you upload a new asset, remove the outdated one by clicking in the top right corner. It's also recommended deleting the old asset afterward to avoid cluttering of your project's asset list.

    Remove assets

    You can remove an asset from the content item by clicking  in the asset's top right corner. When you remove an asset from your content item, the asset itself is still kept in your project's asset list.

    Create relationships in your content

    Let's say you want to link blog posts to their respective authors or link products that fall under the same category as your new product. To link existing related content to a new content item in your project, open the item for editing and look for the option to Add existing items. It can look similar to what you see in the image below.

    Adding an existing item creates a relationship between these two items, meaning you can expand the related item for view right from the parent item, or even publish the items together.

    A screenshot of a Related articles element in a content item.

    After adding linked items to the element, you can reorder, remove, or expand the items to open them for the view. To edit the related item, click  to open the content item for editing. Read more about linking related content together.

    Accessing and editing related content

    The linked content items are independent and can be accessed outside the content items they are used in. This means you only need to edit a specific linked item once and the changes will be automatically reflected everywhere. You can also publish all linked items along with your original article.

    You can also embed related content items directly into your text. The linked items will behave in the exact same way as when added via the Add existing items button.

    Relationships in Web Spotlight

    When using Web Spotlight for creating your website's content, there is also another type of relationship, linking pages with subpages to create a page tree hierarchy.

    Quick actions to get you up to speed

    Now we're off to a good start! You've created a valuable piece of content, enriched it with images and even created relationships between your items. But why stop there?

    When you open your content items for editing, you will see a set of quick actions right at the top. All of these actions, plus the ones that you can access via More actions are there to help you get your job done as quickly as possible.

    Send your content to review

    Once you're done with writing a new piece of content, it's time to get it reviewed. You can do so by changing the workflow step of the item and assigning a contributor, in this case, the reviewer who will take a look at it.

    To change the workflow step of an item, click Change workflow . You'll see a popup in which you can change the workflow to Review or any other step you need. You can also use it to assign a contributor, set a due date, and add a note.

    Learn about workflows and assigning contributors in more depth.

    Collaborate with your team members

    While creating new content is one thing, you also need to make sure that what's written in your content items is actually correct. Maybe you need to ask your teammate a question or suggest one of your collaborators an idea for the text you're writing together. And this is where comments and suggestions come into play. Kontent makes it easy to comment on any part of the text or assets in your items.

    To add a comment to the text, select the portion of the text you want to comment on and click . To make sure it reaches your colleague, mention them by typing "@". If you want to suggest something specific or point out a typo directly in the text, select a portion the text similarly to when adding a comment and click .

    When you've done your part and are about to send the piece of content to a teammate of yours, maybe you want to tell them there's something they should do. That's what tasks are for. Add a task and assign it to your teammate so they know what you need them to do.

    Compare the changes and restore older content

    Sometimes you might need to check the changes you made or restore an accidentally updated content to its original state. To do that, click More actions in the upper right corner of your item and choose Compare versions. You can now compare the differences between versions in the highlighted sections.

    Note that you can also use the Ctrl + Z shortcut (or ⌘ + Z on Mac) to undo the latest changes made to your content. See other helpful shortcuts you can use in Kontent.

    Preview your content before publishing

    To see your content before it gets published, open the content you want to preview.

    A screenshot of a Preview button in a content item.

    Make your content go live

    Now that you're finished with your content and the reviews are all done too, the only thing left is publishing it while also making sure you're meeting the set limitations.

    Publishing content is similar to sending your content item to review as you're also changing the item's workflow step. To publish an item, open the item for editing and click  Publish in the upper right of the item. If this option isn't available to you, you might not have the permission to publish content or the current workflow step cannot transition to the Publish step based on your project's workflow setup.

    If you later need to make changes to your published content, you can create a new version of it. This way, the published content remains visible to the public while you update the item. 

    The content item name can be changed even when the item's published. If unsure, contact your project admin if it's safe to change it.

    Delete content and set content expiration

    You can delete content items individually while you are in the process of editing a content item, or you can delete content items in bulk from the content list. If a content item has variants created for multiple languages, you can only delete the variant for one given language at a time and the item will return to a Not translated status.

    To delete a specific content item from your project, open the item for editing and click More actions > Delete.

    Deleted content items can be immediately restored by clicking the Undo button. Content items that have been deleted for a longer period of time cannot be restored.

    Location of undo button.

    To delete more content items from your project:

    1. In , select content items using the checkboxes next to their names.
    2. Click .
    3. Choose Delete.

    The selected content items are now deleted.

    Content expiration

    There might be times when you only want to have your content published for a limited time only. You might be running a campaign or launching a time-limited offer on some of your products. In such cases, setting an expiry date would be the right choice. To do that, schedule the content items to get automatically unpublished and archived at the right time.

    What's next?

    Now that you have the basics of content creation down, you can move onto the next topics that go deeper into the things mentioned in this tutorial.